“I don’t believe in resurrection,” states the Screamin’ Whisper front man in the opener to ‘Filth‘. For a band that kicked off their album with a riff lifted from the Rolling Stones, it’s a bold statement. However, it does set the tone for the album. Throughout ‘Filth’ the Edinburgh-based trio borrow from Britpop’s playbook, racking up debts to the genre’s juggernauts.
Singer Brian Hughes has evoked favourable comparisons to T-Rex’s Marc Bolan, while the guitars swing between Arctic Monkeys and the Stones. The band, completed by Martin Hughes and Zak Watt, deliver all the familiar trademarks of the genre but ultimately, produce a sound that does have their stamp on.
Brian’s lyrical cynicism percolates through the songs, lamenting growing pains and his tumultuous journey into early adulthood. Though the record sustains it’s dark-hue throughout, there is the sense that the front man may have found some catharsis by the time the needle lifts.
The front man is also responsible for the ‘Filth’s other idiosyncrasy. Having taken on the role of producer, Brian has ensured the record reflects the band’s primal live sound; rough-around-the-edges and buzzing with energy. The genre of rock has thrown up so many over-produced acts of late, it’s refreshing to a hear a band that have stepped away from the mixing desk sooner rather than later.
‘Filth’ is a hugely promising effort from the rock upstarts, demonstrating the band’s potential to follow in the footsteps of the acts that have had such an influence on their sound.
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